Bought mine a month ago with 178,000 miles on it. Other then missing a few trim pieces the car is perfect. After market performance suspension is the only thing that has been done.
I have owned some very fun cars in the past (2006 gto) and those cars are great in a straight line. But i have learned to appreciate corners with this little car. What the 1.8 ltr m42 lacks in off the line power it makes up for in high rpms and the ability to take corners at rediculous speeds. And still feel in control.
The first drive, I discovered the
main problem: it
seemed to run out of gas after travelling at a
consistent speed of 105
Km/h for long periods. The car would
begin to tremble and would
eventually stall. Rev the engine to 4,000 Rpm
problem would go away.
Others: 1) slit in manifold hose caused -35C
starting problems 2) antenna didn't retract
fully 3) driver's window
would often break a fuse.
In May, 2003, a speeding drunk driver hit the
car. My only words: Crumple zones
work! My precious BMW was destroyed but I
I got the car with 95k miles. It now
has 110k on it. I have replaced the 1
of the 2 fuel pumps, the lower ball
joint on the passenger side, and a new
front passenger door. I hopped a curb
and hit a tree in the winter, the
front wheel was barely pushed back, so
now the car drifts to the right. The
ABS still works! :). It needs brakes,
which im neglecting to do, regardless
this car stops and turns on a dime.
The engine however makes a
funny "buzzing" noise which i havent
had looked at yet. The oil smells
gasy as well.
I bought this car at 140,000 miles almost five
years ago. I now have 225,000 miles on it
after daily commutes and a trip from Texas to
NY. I have changed the fuel pump and a few
rotted hoses, but this car is super reliable. I
was hit from behind by an accord last
summer, and while it crushed in the entire
front end of their car, I just suffered a small
dent, and a slightly crumpled exhaust. The
car still drives great after the accident and
even after the big flood in Houston which left
me with water over my seats. If I ever replace
it it will only be for another BMW!